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Re: Unbelieveable....

#16 Post by ssteve » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:12 pm

Our latest usage of the cliche was from John Smoltz doing Brewers/Nationals today. John Axford came into the game and Smoltz said Axford was "unbelieveable" last year. His numbers: 2-2, 1.95 era with 46 saves in 48 opportunities, walked 25 and struck out 86. Great season, but unbelieveable? I think not...

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#17 Post by Jon Chelesnik » Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:56 am

I stumbled across this topic from three years ago. It might be fun to put a fresh set of eyeballs on it.

What are your thoughts?

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#18 Post by PhilGiubileo » Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:35 pm

OH MY GOODNESS--A THREAD COMING BACK AFTER A THREE-YEAR RETIREMENT!!!

UNBELIEVABLE!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!

--one of the worst clichés out there!
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#19 Post by Bill Czaja » Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:36 am

That was brilliant, just like that pitcher who was academically ineligible his freshman year of college, but struck out eight in six innings tonight.

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#20 Post by ssteve » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:29 pm

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Jon Chelesnik wrote:I stumbled across this topic from three years ago. It might be fun to put a fresh set of eyeballs on it.

What are your thoughts?
John, I am glad you resurrected my post as I think about it and the word often. Why? Because I still hear the word often and still annoyed by it. The other day on one of those syndicated broadcasts of a game of the week the analyst said the "offensive line was doing an unbelievable job of blocking." It was the first quarter. I think it was Steelers versus Bengals, it doesn't matter. It was too early in the game for just about anything to be so remarkable it was impossible to believe it could really be happening - let alone line blocking. I challenge anyone to count the times you hear the word this weekend with bowl games and a full slate of the NFL. Then examine each time if the word was merited. There will be a huge disparty. Huge deal? I don't know. But words matter and this one gets way too much play for what it means.

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#21 Post by ktomasch » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:04 pm

I had to turn MLB Network's countdown of the top 100 plays of 2015 because it was one "unbelievable" after another.

Guys, seriously. These are baseball players. Young, fast, athletic (most of them, at least the ones in positions to make outstanding plays). It's far from unbelievable when they run fast and make an athletic play.

Spectacular? Sure. Remarkable? Absolutely. But "unbelievable" and "unbelievable" and "unbelievable" over and over is just lazy.
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#22 Post by ssteve » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:49 am

ktomasch wrote:I had to turn MLB Network's countdown of the top 100 plays of 2015 because it was one "unbelievable" after another.

Guys, seriously. These are baseball players. Young, fast, athletic (most of them, at least the ones in positions to make outstanding plays). It's far from unbelievable when they run fast and make an athletic play.

Spectacular? Sure. Remarkable? Absolutely. But "unbelievable" and "unbelievable" and "unbelievable" over and over is just lazy.
Yes sir! It literally happens on a daily occurrence it seems if you watch games every day. It doesn't matter the sport, the level (high school to professional), or how believable the play actually was, apparently miracles are happening about 15 or 20 times a day in sports. I just don't get it.

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#23 Post by JimRiley » Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:13 am

Both calls of Blair Walsh's missed FG, from Vike and Hawk crews, utilized "AYKM?". I find that eminently believable
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#24 Post by ssteve » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:06 pm

Had to resurrect the thread because one of the greats of our time had to go there when S. Carolina went on a 12-0 run. Is a 12-0 run with about 7 minutes left in the Final 4 really unbelievable? It ended up at 16 and it was STILL very believable.

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#25 Post by JimRiley » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:43 pm

I don't recall posting in this topic before. How about that? Suppose the call was "IDBWIJS!" instead of the ubiquitous U-word? They seem comparable, other than perhaps one man being in disbelief compared to all of us who should be
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#26 Post by Bill Czaja » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:44 am

I'll settle for "Inconceivable!"

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#27 Post by tbyrom » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:32 am

I just stumbled upon this which has been a solid discussion. There are several words I encourage young (and old) broadcasters not to use:

Obviously - Troy Aikman says this at least 10 times a broadcast. Nothing he says is obvious is obvious to me. Most things are only obvious to the person that thinks something is obvious.

Great - Much like unbelievable, great is used far too much. If you say something is "great" 3-5 times a game, then what is truly great? The problem is, it's used much more than 3-5 times a game, especially during the NFL season.

Very - This is flat out lazy. Just use a better word to describe that doesn't need very. What, exactly, is very rare? This is the dictionary definition of rare: a : marked by unusual quality, merit, or appeal : distinctive
b : superlative or extreme of its kind
3
: seldom occurring or found : uncommon

Got - I think someone brought this up before. This is lazy too. "Got a single", there has to be a better way to say this, right?

My 2 1/2 cents on this obviously, great thread that has got some very good attention.

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#28 Post by ssteve » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:55 pm

tbyrom wrote: My 2 1/2 cents on this obviously, great thread that has got some very good attention.
Unbelievably so...

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#29 Post by Bill Czaja » Mon May 15, 2017 12:02 pm

tbyrom wrote:I just stumbled upon this which has been a solid discussion. There are several words I encourage young (and old) broadcasters not to use:

Obviously - Troy Aikman says this at least 10 times a broadcast. Nothing he says is obvious is obvious to me. Most things are only obvious to the person that thinks something is obvious.

Great - Much like unbelievable, great is used far too much. If you say something is "great" 3-5 times a game, then what is truly great? The problem is, it's used much more than 3-5 times a game, especially during the NFL season.

Very - This is flat out lazy. Just use a better word to describe that doesn't need very. What, exactly, is very rare? This is the dictionary definition of rare: a : marked by unusual quality, merit, or appeal : distinctive
b : superlative or extreme of its kind
3
: seldom occurring or found : uncommon

Got - I think someone brought this up before. This is lazy too. "Got a single", there has to be a better way to say this, right?

My 2 1/2 cents on this obviously, great thread that has got some very good attention.
Helping verbs don't help us, Terry. My writing improved as a result of my broadcasting, because I was less likely to use a helping verb. "He has 24 RBI" is what I could get from giving a microphone to the old Swedish lady that does my taxes (my wife pays her in kippers). "He's driven in (or anything else in Jesse's book) 24" is how we best state that fact.

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#30 Post by ktomasch » Mon May 15, 2017 8:52 pm

"Absolutely" is another one.

Brandi Chastain retired the trophy on that one.
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